Dremomys rufigenis 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Sciuridae

Scientific Name: Dremomys rufigenis
Species Authority: (Blanford, 1878)
Common Name(s):
English Red-cheeked Squirrel
Taxonomic Notes: High altitude populations in northern Lao PDR and Viet Nam require taxonomic revision (W. Duckworth pers. comm.).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Duckworth, J.W., Lunde, D. & Molur, S.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, it occurs in a number of protected areas, has a tolerance of a degree of habitat modification, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is widely distributed, from northeastern South Asia and southern China, into much of mainland Southeast Asia. It has been recorded in only two locations in India, once each in Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland at around 1,500 m asl (Molur et al. 2005). In southern China, it has been recorded from Yunnan and southwestern Guangxi (Smith and Xie 2008). In Southeast Asia, it is distributed from Myanmar in the west, through western Thailand, much of Lao PDR and Viet Nam, and northern areas of Peninsular Malaysia. It is generally found at less than 1,500 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
China (Yunnan); India; Lao People's Democratic Republic; Malaysia (Peninsular Malaysia); Myanmar; Thailand; Viet Nam
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):1500
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Population [top]

Population:There is little information available on the abundance of this species.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It is diurnal and largely arboreal. It occurs in subtropical montane evergreen and broadleaved forests. It is predominantly found in thick shrub layer vegetation but does go into the forest canopy to feed and forages on the floor; it persists well in degraded and fragmented habitats (Duckworth et al. 1999). It has been found to occupy tree hollows in mid and high canopy of dense oak, bamboo, fir and pine forest patches (Molur et al. 2005).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this species in Southeast Asia (W. Duckworth pers. comm.). Hunting for food is a major concern in parts of northeastern India (Molur et al. 2005).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in numerous protected areas in Southeast asia, with no direct conservation measures needed (J.W. Duckworth pers. comm.). In South Asia, it is known from Namdapha National Park in Arunachal Pradesh, India (Molur et al. 2005). Survey, taxonomic research and monitoring are recommended for this species in South Asia (Molur et al. 2005).

Citation: Duckworth, J.W., Lunde, D. & Molur, S. 2008. Dremomys rufigenis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T6824A12809604. . Downloaded on 29 May 2017.
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